|The Empire Strikes Out - Alternate Focus|
American and British forces swept into Iraq they were generally met with smiles and waves. But events did not turn out exactly as planned. The American troops began to suffer losses at the hands of the people they had supposedly liberated, and as U.S. casualties began to mount, the military began an aggressive campaign to root out the insurgency. The Empire Strikes out includes a 5000 year overview of Mesopotamian history and examines the motives behind the invasion of Iraq in 2003...
Keywords: iraq; military
|Refuseniks - Alternate Focus|
Though from very different backgrounds, the two Israeli soldiers in this two-part show have come to the same conclusion: yesh kevl (there is a limit). Ram Rahat immigated to Israel from Canda. Ishai Sagi was born and raised in a kabuttz. These two soldiers are among 500 Israeli reserve officers who have signed a letter refusing to serve in the occupied territories-refusing to perpetuate the cycle of hatred and violence beween Israelis and Palestinians...
Keywords: israel; military; palestine
|Jesus Died in Iraq - Alternate Focus|
In February of 2003, thousands of troops left San Diego heading for Iraq. Among them was Jesus Suarez. He and over 500 others were destined never to return alive. Lance Corporal Jesus Suarez del Solar was part of the contingent US and British forces massing at the Iraqi border in Kuwait. Their mission was to overwhelm the Iraqi army in a few days. Then on March 28 there came a knock at the door of the Suarez residence...
Keywords: iraq; jesus; kuwait; mexico; military
|Scott Ritter: Weapons of Mass Delusion - Alternate Focus|
In the months before March 2003, protesters around the world were joined by heads of state, U.N. officials, and religious leaders speaking out against the invasion. They labeled it a "war of aggression." But while these events were unfolding, Scott Ritter, a former intelligence officer holding the rank of Major in the U.S. Marine Corps, was warning Americans that they were being manipulated. From 1991 to 1998, he led the U.N...
Keywords: iraq; media; military; saddam hussein
|Wrong Turn in America - Alternate Focus|
This is the story of Abdel Kewan, an Egyptian house-painter and handyman who had been working in America for over six years. One morning he stopped at the gates of a Marine base to ask directions after he had missed a turn on his way to paint a house. After a thorough examination of his vehicle and checking his papers, the courteous Marines sent him on his way with better directions, but two weeks later he was suddenly arrested and placed in a jail cell where he has remained for over a year pend...
Keywords: 9-11; middle east; military
|History of a Conflict - Alternate Focus|
The land known as the Holy Land has been the locus of three of the world's principal religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and a contested area since 1200BC. The original inhabitants, the Canaanites and Philistines, were conquered in 1000BC by the Jews who remained sovereign for about 280 years. For the next 1500 years a series of conquests and occupations left a residual Jewish population in the area of less than 20%, the rest being predominantly Moslem and Christian Arabs...
Keywords: islam; israel; jesus; judaism; middle east; military; palestine